Ever wondered what it takes to be a Samaritan?

Ian Hartley

Ian Hartley

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Everyone has it in them to be a Samaritans volunteer. To touch another person’s life when it really matters, either by giving them the space to talk through how they are feeling or by helping to keep the charity’s branches running so services are available round the clock, every day of the year.

Pendle, Burnley, Craven & Rossendale Samaritans are asking people in the local community to sign up to support people who might not have anywhere else to turn. If you have just a few spare hours a week they would like to hear from you.

Based in Market Square, Nelson, the branch currently has 96 volunteers, but is always looking to recruit more people to help deal with the 5.3 milllion calls for help the charity receives across the UK and Ireland every year. Samaritans offers round-the-clock support for anyone who’s struggling, whoever they are, however they are feeling, and whatever life has done to them. People can contact its service in confidence by phone, email, text, letter or face to face in its branches.

Branch director Ian Hartley said: “There are a wide range of roles available to suit people with different skills, from being a listening volunteer taking calls to providing administrative and IT support. If you’re interested in fundraising and events, we have exciting roles too. By working together to support people struggling to cope, our branch is a rewarding place to spend your time. Not only do we offer expert training, but there are plenty of social activities too!”

One new volunteer said: “Choosing to volunteer with Samaritans was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I received extensive training, ongoing support and really valued having a mentor to guide me. It’s so rewarding and an amazing opportunity for personal development and growth too. You discover things about yourself as well as gaining new skills.”

Interested in finding out more? Contact our recruitment line on 07514421658 or e mail pendle@samaritans.org.

By working together to support people struggling to cope, our branch is a rewarding place to spend your time

Ian Hartley